‘Annabelle’ made to conjure a familiar style of horror

October 3, 2014 5:54 AM

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‘Annabelle’ made to conjure a familiar style of horror

Some praised “The Conjuring” (2013), James Wan’s film about the exorcism of a possessed house, for being scary without resorting to gore or special effects. Others, myself included, found the scariest aspect of the film to be its misogyny.

Now comes “Annabelle,” a spinoff directed by John R. Leonetti, the first film’s cinematographer and the man responsible for its ominous look. This time he surpasses “The Conjuring” stylistically with his fluid camera work, dutched angles, abrupt cuts, and spooky if overdone soundtrack. A sequence in...

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